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Defense Grid Discussion
1 month ago
Defense Grid is a really good card. The more competitive the pod, the more work this will typically put in though.
1 month ago
I looove your mono-black deck too, really turning into a beauty!
The balance is alright in my deck yeah, I'm just starting with a new playgroup and they are a bit heavy on removal, so I'm considering the Evasion/Protection balance.
Also considering Defense Grid - anybody have experience with that card?
1 month ago
enchantment Defense Grid when
2 months ago
Multani is a very fun Commander, neat to see a high budget version that still runs some of the same cards! Mine is a bit more group hug oriented, running lots of spot removal and card draw, as well as gobs of trample providers. You might find some cards that are interesting, but I suspect you've got most of them in here already.
Hall of Gemstone is a pretty good card for mono-Green. I also run Defense Grid to protect from interaction a bit. Ohran Frostfang or Bow of Nylea can be funny if Multani has Trample, because 1 damage 'kills' a blocker, even if they are indestructible, so people are going to die, and you'll draw some cards. Pathbreaker Ibex is pretty fun with Multani out.
I feel like Brawn is awkward, the only way it'll die is as a blocker, so I guess it might deter some attacks at least, but I preferred Garruk's Uprising to draw cards and provide trample, for less mana, and much more consistently giving Trample.
3 months ago
Epicurus I appreciate the suggestions! Great ones for sure :) also I pair Teferi's Curse with Defense Grid , so that it mainly effect when people cast on my turn as a buffer. Thinking of various ways to keep myself safe with this deck because I become a target rather fast lol
3 months ago
Frustrating. I mean to play against.
You have a good list. One suggestion I don't see enough of is In the Eye of Chaos , which I think would be useful to you since most of your instant spells are very low MV. If you did that, though, you'd want to replace Convolute with Mana Leak , or even Spell Pierce . And I'm not sure how the X spells would interact with that either, but honestly I've never liked spells like Clash of Wills and such. I've always found that a good-'ol Counterspell or even something like Wizard Replica is generally more mana efficient for the same result.
3 months ago
Nice build, very creative. Damn, that was a lot to read through, haha.
My impression is that it doesn't have enough protection. The one card that I see in your maybe board for that which I like is Stonewood Invocation , since it doubles as a pump spell. But I would also like traditional protection cards like Heroic Intervention and Swiftfoot Boots (you wouldn't want Lightning Greaves , since they would prevent you from pumping Rafiq). Some other less standard protection cards might include Sylvan Safekeeper , Bastion Protector , Guardian Augmenter , and Shalai, Voice of Plenty . I would maybe pull from your mana-ramp to make room for at least a couple of these, since your mana curve is so low, and your pump spells are so cheap.
As for the disruption category, if it were my deck, I would do it differently. Blue and white have all of the best tax spells. It would take a novel to list them all, but for this deck I would include Ghostly Prison , Propaganda , Kataki, War's Wage , AEther Barrier and Norn's Annex , as well as artifacts like Crawlspace , Defense Grid , Damping Sphere ... this list could go on forever. And I like that you included Silent Arbiter , which makes me want to recommend using Dueling Grounds as well. Especially if you can fit in that Maze of Ith on your maybe board.
And finally, I'm confused by the inclusion of Green Sun's Zenith . What are you searching for with it? Your big pounder is in the command zone, not your library. Are you tutoring mana dorks with it? It doesn't seem entirely necessary. Maybe you can explain the reason to me that I'm not seeing. Frankly, I'd replace it with another land. You only have 32 of those.
Hope any of that helps. Cheers!
5 months ago
Profet93, thanks for the +1 and your comment! You bring up some important points.
I’ve optimized the deck for Tainted Pact . I can use it to search for any particular card I need at the moment to complete a combo, since I only have 1 of each card in the deck. If I can steal an opponent’s Thassa's Oracle with Praetor's Grasp (which is more likely than not if an opponent is running blue), then I can cast Tainted Pact , naming a random card not in the deck, and exile my entire library for the win. I can also set this up with Doomsday , as I explain in the primer.
I considered Contamination , but the creature sac requirement prevents me from keeping it in play for long, since I run only a few creatures. Infernal Darkness accomplishes the same objective but I can keep it around a turn or two as necessary by paying life during my upkeep with K’rrik. The goal is to protect myself for at least 1-2 turns while I assemble a combo. You are right that Defense Grid is more effective during the early game, but this build is designed to win asap, and I rarely ever reach the late game where this becomes an issue.
You are also right that Drag to the Underworld is a lesser removal spell compared to others. However, in this build I mulligan aggressively to ensure that I can cast K’rrik within the first 1-3 turns. With K’rrik on the field I meet Drag’s devotion requirement, so I only have to pay 4 life and 0 mana with K’rrik to destroy any creature. Hero's Downfall requires at least 1 colorless mana to cast. I’m thinking in terms of speed, since each mana I have should go towards the 3 mana I need to cast Bolas's Citadel once I pull off Doomsday . So I would rather pay 0 mana to kill a creature with Drag and save my mana for Citadel.